The Royal Messenger Volume 11

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Regional Government
[table=2,]Monarch: HM King Charles III
Consort: HM Queen Georgiana
Prince of Wales: HRH Prince James

WA Delegate: HM Queen Georgiana

Crown Court Chief Judge: Lady Constance St. James
Crown Court Judge: Lord Edward Stewart
Prime Minister: Lord Andrew B. Fraser​
Deputy Prime Minister: Tomb Montresor​
Home Secretary: Akillian Talleyrand​
Foreign Secretary: Lady Elena​
Defence Secretary: Writinglegend​
Culture Secretary: Viore Vaske​
Attorney General: Misael Mountbatten​
A Very Christmas Election
Lets go back to before New Year's, it's still December 2016 and most citizens are enjoying Christmas festivities when they are interrupted by the blasting speakers of the campaigning candidates, unleashing their reign of terror with annoying campaign jingles and repetitive slogans on the innocent voters.

With former leader of the Pragmatic Alliance and Prime Minister for the last two terms, George Mountbatten, deciding not to run, the Premiership was left to be contested by two candidates that had previously been defeated by Mountbatten at the polls. Jan van Djik, former leader of the Whig Party and now a scion of the Pragmatic Alliance and Vaclav Vinograd, leader of the Unionist League.

Debate between the two candidates was heated, spreading through various campaign topics but also to the media. A particularly heated moment in the campaign was when Jan van Djik took to suing Andrew B. Fraser, at the time styled as a Prince, over an opinion article in which Andrew had endorsed Vaclav Vinograd. In the end the court decided against Jan van Djik, but the author of the article in question, Andrew B. Fraser, decided to relinquish his royal title in order to avoid any future issues. Vaclav went on to win the premiership, heading a coalition government formed by the Unionist League and Sinn Fein.

On the parliamentary front, two incumbent MPs decided not to run again, George Mountbatten and Elena, MPs for Scotland and Wales respectively. Once elections were over these were the only seats that saw new MPs, relative newcomer Arthur Jameson of the Unionist League took his seat in Scotland and South Boston Irishman of Sinn Fein, an old household name in UK's politics, took his seat in Wales.

Prime Minister Elections
Jan van Dijk (PA) - 12 Votes
Vaclav Vinograd (UL) - 16 Votes - Victor
[hr]MP for Northern England Elections
Akillian Talleyrand (PA) - 13 Votes - Runoff
Raptoria (UKMP) - 2 Votes
George Seymour (UL) - 13 Votes - Runoff
[hr]MP for Scotland England Elections
Vaclav Vinograd (UL) - Uncontested - Victor
[hr]MP for Scotland England Elections
Arthur Jameson (UL) - 18 Votes - Victor
Edward Windsor (PA - 11 Votes
[hr]MP for Wales Elections
South Boston Irishmen (SF) - 14 Votes - Runoff
Evan Dupont (Ind) - 14 Votes - Runoff
[hr]MP for Northern Ireland Elections
Jan van Djik (PA) - 16 Votes - Victor
Misael Mountbatten - 12 Votes
[hr]MP for Scotland Runoff Elections
Akillian Talleyrand (PA) - 16 Votes - Victor
George Seymour (UL) - 14 Votes
[hr]MP for Wales Runoff Elections
Akillian Talleyrand (PA) - 16 Votes - Victor
George Seymour (UL) - 14 Votes[hr]Key: PA - Pragmatic Alliance | UL - The Unionist League | SF - Sinn Fein | UKMP - United Kingdom Militarist Party | Ind - Independent
Reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated!
The new year saw Vaclav Vinograd's term cut short as amidst controversy he resigned not only from the Premiership but also from Nationstates as a whole. This left Vinograd's Deputy Prime Minister and close friend, Arthur Jameson, to lead the region through times of turmoil.

A by-election for both the Premiership and the seat in Parliament left vacant by Vaclav was announced and only a few weeks after the general election candidates took the registration office by storm. The Premiership was contested by South Boston Irishmen and Arthur Jameson, who were both members of the Vinograd government, by Evan Dupont, an independent politician with controversial ideas, and Andrew B. Fraser, the not so retired veteran politician.

The by-election for the seat left vacant by Vaclav was contested by recently returned to activity and former Prime Minister, Tomb Montresor, and by two relative newcomers, Levi Jansen and George Seymour. The main campaign points were the permanence of the UK in CAIN, which only South Boston Irishmen was against, and the matter of electoral reform, an issue returning to Parliament from the last session.

George Seymour was successful in wining the by-election, after being defeated by Akillian Talleyrand in the December General Election, while the Premiership election was won by Andrew B. Fraser, after a runoff with Arthur Jameson. Upon being elected Andrew reportedly said "Reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated!".

Prime Minister Elections
Arthur Jameson (UL - 8 Votes - Runoff
Andrew B. Fraser (CS) - 14 Votes - Runoff
South Boston Irishmen (SF) - 7 Votes
Evan Dupont (Ind) - 2 Votes
[hr]MP for Northern England Elections
George Seymour (UL) - 17 Votes - Victor
Levi Jansen (Ind) - 4 Votes
Tomb Montresor (PA) - 10 Votes
[hr]Prime Minister Runoff Elections
Arthur Jameson (UL - 12 Votes
Andrew B. Fraser (CS) - 17 Votes - Victor[hr]Key: PA - Pragmatic Alliance | UL - The Unionist League | CS - Common Sense | Ind - Independent
Are we going to say goodbye to constituencies?
One of the main discussions that has passed from the previous session of Parliament to the most recent one is that on electoral reform, if it is needed and what shape and form it should be implemented.

While not the first time the issue of reforming the electoral process is brought up, in fact in the past the United Kingdom went as far as implementing an House of Commons open to all citizens, this is the first time that abolition of the constituency system, that in practice divides british parliamentary elections into five separate ones, has gained so much traction.

Having first been proposed during the previous session of Parliament, the original proposal came with two versions: one that abolished the current constituency system and replaced it with an at large election, and another that maintained the current constituency system but implemented midterm elections, with MPs serving for terms of the same length but being elected at different. Despite the support this version enjoyed in the House of Commons it failed to pass through the House of Lords after constitutional discrepancies and concerns about the practicality of the system were brought up.

The proposal currently in Parliament however seems to enjoy more support. The current debate is not more centred on if the current system should be replaced by an at-large election, but rather on what should be done with the constituencies. Should the same constituencies remain and be awarded via a preferential system, should an MP be allowed to simply choose whichever constituency from the real UK they wish to or should there be no mention of constituencies whatsoever?

Students take UK's School of Law by storm
The United Kingdom's King George VII School of Law recently saw a quick rise in students as after recent, and promising, arrival Viore Vaske applied for the course and then graduated in few hours. Forced to fend off against a large number of new student, Constance St. James, the Chancellor of the University, barricaded herself in her office and refused to sign up any more students, claiming she had already been bitten way too many times.

The degree provided by the School of Law in the United Kingdom is both highly sought for and highly held, being considered a worthy achievement, as it not only shows an understanding of the law is also immensely useful in any legislative or judicial activity, not to mention necessary if wishing to seek a career in the judiciary branch.

The University of the United Kingdom has also recently seen other courses being discussed and open, such as a Literature course, opened by Alexander Montclair, or a course on the region's History, which comes accompanied with an electoral promise made by Andrew B. Fraser, to revisit the Hall of Fame, where past and current members of the region are honoured for their relevance to the region's History, by improving and introducing a new inductee.

And now for something not entirely different, an address from our Prime Minister.
A brief message from the new Prime Minister:

I’m Andrew B. Fraser, recently elected Prime Minister of United Kingdom! The next few months are set to be an exciting and energising time in UK, with so many cultural events to take place! We’re also introducing a plethora of rigorous domestic policies to see our region rise to glory once more! Needless to say, UK is the place to be.

We’re implementing an aggressive recruitment programme with the end goal being a larger online-community, we’re actively strengthening our relations abroad, our BAF soldiers are beginning to participate in more missions, and our cultural scene is soon to be thriving once more! And that’s just the beginning…

My hope is that in the next Royal Messenger I’ll be able to outline the great improvements and achievements we’ve made. Stays tuned, my friends, and watch this space.
Invitation to the investiture of the Prince of Wales
Investiture of the Prince of Wales:

Invitation to the:

Investiture of the Prince of Wales
HRH Prince James

17 January 2017
Caernarfon Castle (UK Forum Link)

In Other News

* James, the Duke of Albany and former Monarch, appointed as Bishop of Canterbury, a position left vacant after the previous Bishop's retirement from Nationstates. *

* Parliament discusses the appointment of Misael Mountbatten, the current Attorney General, to the Crown Court. *

On behalf of the United Kingdon, thank you for reading!